Sabbath 10/9/38/120

Dear Friends

Revelation chapter 17.

This shows what is to befall the great harlot that is seated on many waters which are metaphoric for many nations and the woman is symbolic of a religious system.  This is the Whore of Babylon that is destroyed in chapter 18.

Rev.17 [1] Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated upon many waters, [2] with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the dwellers on earth have become drunk." 

This entire system is to be completely destroyed under the Vials of the Wrath of God as we see from the angel who is one of the seven angels of the Bowls or Vials of the Wrath of God.  The activities in Revelation 17 are preliminary to the coming of the Messiah and the actions required in the Vials. See the paper The Wars of the Last Days and the Vials of the Wrath of God (No. 141B).

Here the angel of the vials takes the prophet to the wilderness and we see that the Beast is clothed in scarlet full of blasphemous names. These blasphemous names are the Vicar of the Son of God as Vicarius Fileus Dei or the one standing in place of the Son of God and many other such titles.

The colours are symbolic of the sin and royal rule that the woman and her predecessors exercised over time.  The cup holds the impurities of the sins of the religious system over which she sits.

This religious system is Mystery Babylon and stems from the Babylonian system that commenced with Nebuchadnezzar at Carchemish and went down as told in Daniel Chapter 2.

This woman is the mother of harlots and she is responsible for the death of the Saints over the time of the Babylonian system through all of the empires and the division that resulted in the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox systems over the world.  This woman is drunk on the blood of the saints and martyrs. She achieves that by the wars and suppression and persecutions of God’s people over the ages. These were the martyrs of the true Church of God that this harlot had killed and then usurped their names and deeds and attributed her blasphemy and false teachings to them.

[3] And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. [4] The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; [5] and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth's abominations." [6] And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her I marveled greatly. [7] But the angel said to me, "Why marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. [8] The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to perdition; and the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will marvel to behold the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

This text shows us that this Beast is not a being but rather a system of government and spans many periods over the times of the Bible text into the Last Days. 
The Seven Mountains are symbolically the Seven Hills on which she is seated and also the systems that she controls and they span centuries and empires. They are based on the doctrines of Babylon and the Sun Cults and were established to oppose the Bible Doctrines and the worship of the One True God Eloah.

 [9] This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; [10] they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only a little while. 

We see that the Beast rises from the seven heads which are the seven mountains on which the woman sits which is the church of Rome the capital of which stands on the seven hills (Rev. 17:9). That Beast forms from the seven kings; five of whom are fallen one is and the other is not yet come (17:10).

In the last days we see that the Beast that was and is not even he is the Eighth and is of the seven and goeth into perdition (v 11). These sequences of empires follow on from the sequences of Daniel ch. 2 which show that there are six sequences of Gold then Silver, then Bronze and then Iron and then the Feet of Iron and Miry Clay and then the Ten Toes of Iron and Miry Clay coming from the Feet of Iron and Miry clay. These are the empires of the Babylonians, then the Medes and the Persians of Silver, The torso of Bronze which was the goat of Alexander that threw himself at the Ram of the Medes and Persians and crippled it from the initial Battle of the Granicus (see the papers Advent of the Messiah (No. 210A) and (210B) and also Commentary on Daniel chapter 7 (No. 299C)).

The single Greek empire split into four and then three. They were followed from the battle of Actium by the Romans of Iron and they were destroyed from 410 CE by the Goths who occupied Rome. They established Unitarian worship there again and at the baptistry at Ravenna. However it was not until 590 CE that the Feet of Iron and Miry Clay emerged as the Holy Roman Empire which was to last for 1260 years. This was the Sixth but was in reality part of the enlarged system.

The Whore formed an initial resurgence after it was destroyed in 1850 in Europe as an empirical force and closed the last of its vestiges by 1872. The Whore’s actions led to the emergence of the wars of the end and prophecy was to play out from 1912-1916. Then the wars of the last days were to play out in accordance with the prophecy of Pharaoh’s Broken Arms of Ezekiel (No. 036)  and Fall of Egypt Part II: The Wars of the End (No.036_2).
This in effect formed the Seventh and in WWII the Holocaust occurred. The pope of WWI was called by Malachy as Religio depopulata because he presided over Religion devastated in Europe. Out of this Seventh we see a massive catastrophe and out of those wars we see a beast form and out of that Beast we see the Eighth of the Empires, and this was the UN system that formed.

We then see the explanation of the one that was and is not. It is the Eighth but it belongs to the Seven and is condemned by God and goes into perdition.  Thus in every phase of the rule of the Babylonian Whore God condemns it and sends all, including the last phase of the Whore in its last Empire of the Ten Toes, into judgment and destruction. We see how this last empire emerges as the Ten Toes or Economic Regions under unelected bureaucrats acting as the original Satraps of the Babylonian and Medo-Persian systems operated.

[11] As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to perdition. 
[12] And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. [13] These are of one mind and give over their power and authority to the beast; [14] they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful."
[15] And he said to me, "The waters that you saw, where the harlot is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.

Here we see that the Ten Kings that reign in the last days are given authority by the world’s misguided politicians to reign as one in ten kingdoms or regions, meaning they are not subject to votes or parliamentary control, and they reign for one prophetic hour with the Beast.  Scripture tells us that in the last days this empire reigns for forty two months (Rev. 13:5). One Prophetic hour is a period of one month on the year for a day divisions and thus the empire is established but only comes to complete strength in the final phase of the Last Days. This will be over the last 30 days of the Witnesses of Revelation 11:3 ff (See the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135)).

It is these kings as controllers of the system that hate the Babylonian Whore and turn on her and her system and those of all her harlot daughters and destroy her wealth and power. They consume all the wealth of the body of the Whore and burn her systems with fire.

[16] And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, [17] for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and giving over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [18] And the woman that you saw is the great city which has dominion over the kings of the earth." 

From this Beast we see the next sequence develop from the intrigues of the Whore. We see then the Ten Horns develop which are the Ten Kings which have received no kingdom as yet but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast. These kings have no kingdom because their kingdom was not known and is not until the Beast declares their division of the World as kings of the Ten Economic Regions that they assume power.

In 1956 the Treaty of Rome initiated the division of the ten economic regions but it was not until the end of the Times of the Gentiles in 1996 that God allowed the Beast under the Whore and Satan to form that last Empire of the Ten Toes which are the ten regions that are emerging now to govern the trade and commerce of the Earth. This formation occurred from 1997.

As we see, this system will reign for one hour with the Beast and out of this system will emerge the antichrist and that Beast will destroy the Whore of Rome as we see happen in Revelation 18. They have one mind and that is to give their power and strength to the Beast (Rev. 17:11-13).

It is this entity that will make war with the Lamb and he shall overcome them. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and they that are with him are called and chosen and faithful (Rev. 17:14). These are the elect of God. See the paper Wars of the Last Days and the Vials of the Wrath of God (No. 141B).

The one hour they rule with the Beast is over the period of the 42 months that they occupy Jerusalem and the army of the King of the North is at Gaza (Dan. 11:40-45) after the war of the Sixth Trumpet in which a third of mankind is killed escalating from the Euphrates basin under the four angels released from the pit. They are opposed by the Two Witnesses who come forward and stand in Jerusalem before the Beast and the False Prophet.

 It is during the War of the Sixth Trumpet that the seat of the Whore is destroyed and the Last Pope is taken from Rome over the dead bodies of his priests as they have foretold in their own prophecies. See
The Last Pope: Examining Nostradamus and Malachy (No. 288).

This pope, the Red Black, is supposedly the Last Pope and is referred to in Malachy's prophecy as Peter the Roman. However, this pope was not canonically elected and hence his reign may be invalid, but for the present he is doing all that is required for this last officer of the system of the Whore. We are in the last days and the Beast and little horn will emerge under the blue beret or turban of the UN in this last empire of Satan.

Wade Cox
Coordinator General